Why Hasn't Obama Stood Up To International Weatherism?

Ghost Breitbart: Romney Wins Crucial First Hurricane Photo Op With Campaign Bus While Obama Is Lazy, Possibly Shiftless

The Romney campaign also donated a rescue vehicle from Mitt's mission daysIn a post titled “LEADERSHIP: Romney Uses Campaign Bus to Deliver Hurricane Relief,” the independent-minded Breitbart remnant Big Government notes that Mitt Romney’s campaign has “canceled campaign events, commercials, and fundraising appeals in states that will be impacted by Hurricane Sandy” and sent two whole buses to deliver relief supplies in Virginia and New Hampshire, two of the locations along the thousand-mile front of the storm. In contrast, the blog calls out the lackadaisical response of the Obama campaign:

The Obama campaign has canceled events, but has yet to announce it have pulled commercials or fundraising appeals from states in Sandy’s path. Romney was also first on the scene when Hurricane Irene struck the Gulf Coast in August, with President Obama arriving three days later after adjusting his schedule.

Compared to the Romney campaign’s bold bus-based leadership, the blog quotes a CBS report to emphasize President Obama’s utter passivity in the face of the looming superstorm, noting that “President Obama was briefed by FEMA in Washington, D.C., today and labeled it a ‘serious and big storm.’”

You want leadership? Romney will send two buses on his own initiative, while Obama will simply sit back in Washington, passing off his responsibilities to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which probably can’t match the disaster-relieving power of a campaign bus. Even worse, he has not cancelled his campaign ads, which will apparently have a devastating effect on storm-affected areas.

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It is also not yet known how Obama’s continued refusal to release his college transcripts will increase the suffering of voters in storm-affected areas.

[Big Government]

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178 comments

      1. Gleem McShineys

        Helicopters apparently can deploy him to baseball games to quickly avert any floods of hotdogs.

      1. GunToting[Redacted]

        Are you kidding? Based on what I'm seeing around here, the only sizes left are small, medium, and large.

    1. Sparky McGruff

      FYI — Here's a picture of the bus stuffed with essential storm supplies: http://t.co/qRB4gFjx

      Looks like someone hit up the dollar store to buy a few packs of discount ramen. Who needs FEMA with help like this!

        1. NellCote71

          This is the same brilliant theorist who thinks that his writing out a check for someone in the hospital is the answer to all of our health-care problems.

    2. reliefsinn

      Well, what does he think this is, Haiti, or something? Aside from the fact that the storm hasn't hit NH yet, nobody usually runs out of sneakers, ramen noodles, or clothes during a storm. People are usually going around looking for generators and sump pumps afterwards.
      Also, there are 1,300,000 people in NH, it's 9,350 square miles, so rombat can suck it with his "relief" bus.

  1. HarryButtle

    What's the point of pulling TV commercials? The folks most affected won't have electricity to watch them, anyway!

    1. Sparky McGruff

      Well, I still have power in NoVa. I'm sitting at home with the two kidsters, who after a whole two hours of "storm time" have already declared this to be the "MOST BORING DAY EVER! SOOOOOOO BORING!"

      I think back-to-back slimy Romney ads, when coupled with the unplanned "family time", might lead to unexpected results. Smart move to pull the ads.

      I'd note, however, that 99% of the Romney ads we're seeing are from Karl Rove and his bottom-feeding ilk.

      At the moment, we're watching Nickelodeon, which causes a different form of brain damage than the sleazy Romney/PAC ads.

    1. not that Dewey

      Paul Ryan only fills sandbags that have already been filled. He'll be taking them off one pile and placing them on another.

    2. Gleem McShineys

      My favorite part will be where he tells his kids "You get callouses on your fingers from all the hot sand."

  2. Abernathy

    "Romney was also first on the scene when Hurricane Irene struck the Gulf Coast in August, with President Obama arriving three days later after adjusting his schedule."

    It's almost like Obama has an important job to do and Romney just hangs out all day waiting for someone to point out obvious PR opportunities.

    1. SorosBot

      Hey, it's not like the President has an important job to do in organizing the federal disaster response efforts! Well at least not according to W.

    2. freakishlywrong

      He also promised them that "charity" would help in the cleanup. Cuz you know, Big Government, blah, blah, blah.

  3. Disassembly

    I did not bundle millions of dollars for Romney so that his campaign could fritter it away on socialist bus trips.

  4. Tommy1733

    With the Romneys distributing aid and helping to clean pots and pans at shelters, who will be there to comfort Rafalca?

    1. PsycWench

      With the Romneys distributing aid and helping to clean pots and pans at shelters
      Hey, that's the VP ticket's job!

  5. Hedley_Lamarr

    It's been fun reminding my local wingnuts that Reagan did 3 campaign stops in Iowa the day of the Beirut barracks bombing. They sure hate it when your call them out on their hypocritical shit.

    1. freakishlywrong

      Today's Repug just re-writes history. St. Ronnie never did that. *inserts fingers in to ears".

  6. SexySmurf

    Virginia and New Hampshire, hmmm? Maybe Romney should send a bus to Colorado, too; you know, just in case.

  7. ProgressiveInga

    "President Obama was briefed by FEMA in Washington, D.C., today and labeled it a ‘serious and big storm."
    What did you expect from History's Greatest Monster?

  8. BaldarTFlagass

    McCain used this same strategy during the financial crisis of September 2008. Worked out real well for him.

  9. BaldarTFlagass

    "sent two whole buses to deliver relief supplies in Virginia and New Hampshire,"

    This strategy is a good tax shelter.

    1. redarmyzombie

      Gosh, even ol' Herb Hoover was more generous than this shitbag.

      EDIT: I retract this statement. Even a bag laden with shit is more productive than Willard.

    1. sullivanst

      Made the mistake of catching the start of Face The Nation yesterday, when Bob Schieffer asked of Sandy, "Who does this hurt?", meaning which candidate. Well Bob, who it hurts is the people whose homes will be flooded, or damaged by blown debris, people who will be without power for several days or even weeks, people who will be out of work because of the lack of power. Who the fuck thinks asking which candidate will be hurt is anything but the most abject dick move ever?

      The wife saw that Walnuts was on and demanded it be turned off shortly after that, which saved me from hearing his "worse than Watergate" BS, so I thank her for keeping my blood pressure down and my TV save from thrown objects.

      1. Radiotherapy

        Who will this help? The same fucking media that has been intent on keeping the race close. The same fucking media that hyped the first debate while totally ignoring the lies a used car salesman spewed for 1.5 hours. Te same fucking media that never asked Bush/Cheney about an embassy attack in Sept '08. Now, more than ever, kill your teevee.

    1. Callyson

      Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi!

      When fucking Geraldo says it's time to back off, you know the wingnuts have lost it….

      1. Veritas78

        Bayonne! Bayonne! Bayonne!

        Obama is already covering up the magnitude of his failure to prevent global warming. Which he promised he'd do! Such a disappointment.

  10. SorosBot

    He sent the two buses to Virginia and New Hampshire? Gee, those just happen to be the two close swing states in Sandy's path, the only ones that Romney has a shot at winning; what a weird coincidence.

    1. YouFail4eva

      I was about to point out the same thing. Despite the fact that the storm is going to make landfall in New York/New Jersey, DESPITE the fact that one of Romney's biggest surrogates is Chris "Fat Man" Christie" he's sending CAMPAIGN Buses to Virginia and New Hampshire. This man couldn't be more blatantly obvious if he tried.

      1. SorosBot

        Sure, Delaware, Jersey and NY's Long Island are supposed to get the worst of it, but those states are going for Obama no matter what and so don't deserve Romeny's cynical attempt to look like he's helping.

        1. redarmyzombie

          Well, you know how Those People actually think they're ENTITLED to that government aid, Soros…

    2. sullivanst

      Heaven forfend that he should send them not to where he most hopes to score cheap votes, but to those states expected to feel the most severe impacts from the storm. God hates losers!

    3. Native_of_SL_UT

      Unmentioned is the third bus full of hookers and blow he's sending to his brothers on Wall Street to help get them through their downtime.

    4. MegPasadena

      He couldn't even do the easy PR right and he wants to be the commander-in-chief?
      I would've spent just a bit more and sent supply to all states on Sandy's path. This way it wouldn't look like he just wants to win votes from the swing states.

  11. Lucidamente1

    "After delivering supplies, campaign workers strapped homeless storm victims to the roof of the bus and drove them to safety."

  12. mavenmaven

    The Republicans had that spare bus left over from the Palin tour of America, I'm guessing that it was also full of cases of Cheetos which could be distributed as provisions.

  13. weejee

    canceled campaign events, commercials, and fundraising appeals in states that will be impacted by Hurricane Sandy

    And this will work as well as McWalnuz suspending his campaign in 2008? Perhaps instead of discarded muffin bottoms Miffed sent caviar in one and cases of Dom Pérignon blanc and rosé in the other.

  14. MissTaken

    Romney was also first on the scene when Hurricane Irene struck the Gulf Coast in August, with President Obama arriving three days later after adjusting his schedule.

    I love a good 'black people be lazy' dog whistle so early on a Monday morning.

    1. HistoriCat

      If Obama had arrived the next day, the line would be "President Obama showed up for an appearance, disrupting hard-working relief workers and endangering lives."

  15. StarsUponThars

    “Every time you have an occasion to take something from the federal government and send it back to the states, that’s the right direction. And if you can go even further, and send it back to the private sector, that’s even better.” — Mitt Romney, on dismantling FEMA, June 2011

    1. PugglesRule

      The idea of the private sector handling natural disaster relief makes me want to vomit. Honestly, you think Blackwater etc. wouldn't sell a half-liter bottle of water for $10 if they thought they could get away with it??

  16. BaldarTFlagass

    I think they stole this tactic from Hugo Chavez, with his giving discounts to poors when selling the Citgo heating oil to them.

  17. sullivanst

    Mitt Romney really does get up early in the morning to politicize tragedy, doesn't he? I've never seen a guy in such a rush to find death and destruction in the desperate hope of scoring a headline out of it.

    1. PugglesRule

      "And if you manage to survive the storm, be sure to go to your polling place and vore for MEEEE!!!"

  18. JoeHoya

    Who needs a president who will fully fund FEMA and other government emergency-response agencies when you can have one who will be the first on the scene for a photo op?

  19. LagunaB

    So I guess the fleet of utility repair trucks coming from the west into PA, NJ, and NY yesterday ahead of the storm was just something they individually decided to do. Sure.

  20. BaldarTFlagass

    “LEADERSHIP: Romney Uses Campaign Bus Hurricane to Deliver Hurricane Relief Cynical PR Ploy”

  21. calliecallie

    I'm just waiting for some Republican wingnut to suggest that Hurricane Sandy is God's response to something those mid-Atlantic states did. Where's Michelle Bachmann when you need her?

    1. SorosBot

      Well New York, most of the New England states, and Washington all let the gays marry, and Maryland looks like it will join them after next election day; so it's probably the old-fashion god's punishment for not being vile hate-filled bigots.

    2. MosesInvests

      Imma just leave this here:
      thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/10/29/1104901/anti-gay-preacher-blames-hurricane-sandy-on-homosexuality-and-marriage-equality/

    3. James Michael Curley

      Delaware and Maryland both have 'gay marriage' on the ballot next week.
      That is why I have been calling this thing BarneyFrankenstorm.

  22. JustPixelz

    Isn't this storm God's will?

    A couple buses to swing states is nothing compared to what he sent to the Cayman Islands.

    1. Gleem McShineys

      To bag sand on their beaches, right?
      He pretty much saved a guy in a boat once, so the answer obviously is "yes."

  23. LagunaB

    So I guess the fleet of utility repair trucks coming from the west into PA, NJ and NY ahead of the storm yesterday was just something they individually decided to do. Sure.

    1. YasserArraFeck

      The food's gonna be all gone before the bus reaches the coast

      Appetite by the Dashboard Liiiiight!!

  24. chascates

    Obama live presser: "I'm not worried about the effect on the election but on the effect on people."

    THAT'S leadership.

  25. Incitefully_Joe

    I do have to admit that, "Why won't Obama pull his ads from states that comprise half of his electoral advantage, because the hurricane?" is actually a much more subtle form of electoral concern-trolling than 2008's, "I'm suspending my losing presidential campaing, because of the economy, and so should my opponent, who is beating me handily."

  26. Dr. Nick Riviera

    Mitts adds are still airing in the Florida market last I saw…how many hurricanes does a guy gotta get hit by to get some relief here?

    Also, he probably only means his ads not ads by his pac cronies

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      Well, NYC has a pseudo-Republican mayor, and Jersey has a Republican governor, so I'm sure they will both be just fine.

  27. lulzmonger

    The only people who have to try THAT hard to come across as virtuous are the real backstabbing Suit-Snakeoil-&-Smile™ bipedal slime from UNDERNEATH the bottom of the humanity-barrel.

    Thanks for the tell, Willard.

  28. wapitiscat

    "Sorry sir/madam, you'll have to turn these buses around and clear the area. We've got FEMA crews and a National Guard unit moving in to assist the storm victims"

    Or something like that.

  29. cognachas4paws

    So I guess they missed the conference just now by the President who, when asked how the storm will impact the election, said – and I paraphrase – who the hell cares about an election? There are lives on the line here, damn it, and I'm sending the ENTIRE federal government in there. Take that, Romney buses.

  30. Callyson

    Just got an email from Obama about Sandy, with links to ready.gov and the Red Cross., and I am nowhere near the storm. Yeah, he's doing nothing…

  31. NellCote71

    Thanks for the noonday chuckle: "It is also not yet known how Obama’s continued refusal to release his college transcripts will increase the suffering of voters in storm-affected areas."

    Or if his Kenyan citizenship caused the hurricane. But most important unanswered question: how does this affect Lou Sarah?

  32. TribecaMike

    The Breitfart gang would pee on a talking burning bush on Mount Horeb. Not that I wouldn't either, but still.

  33. PugglesRule

    Have the Breitbarties forgotten that Dumbya was busy serenading John McCain at a birthday party while Katrina was trashing New Orleans and the Gulf Coast?? The memory loss, it burrrnnnnss.

  34. e_z

    WUSA (WTOP to us eldsters) either hasn't gotten the message that Romney has cancelled his ads or since it is DC and not a state no problem, double up.

    There have been so many this afternoon I was thinking some bright boy had wiggled in with an extra bag of money to get WUSA to bump other ads out of rotation.

  35. mustangsavvy

    His Lord High Hairgel, Sir Mitt of the Romneys is not pleased with common peasant Barack Obama's shiftless ways. The very cheek. His Lord Highness will be sending a sternly worded letter to said peasant, post haste.

    What a wanker.

    Also. Great idea, Mitt. Send 2 giant buses to block traffic while people are trying to get their evacuation bags packed, stock up on supplies and round up their loved ones and pets to head to the basement. I'm sure that no one will be fucked off by your transparent attempt to politicise any and all pending or actually occurring national crisis by making it all about you. Dickhead.

  36. ttommyunger

    For those of you who might still think that even Rightards wouldn't think to blame Obama for Sandy- Senior Right-Wing Nutjob Alex Jones intimated as much today on his 3 watt radio show out of Bumfuck, Tx. Source: Stephanie Miller Show, this date.

  37. finallyhappy

    Bullshit on the pulling ads- Watching news live all day yesterday- I saw tons of RMoney ads. I also saw Obama ads- no one pulled anything. Now having missed most ads on purpose earlier- I did catch one where a worker says he and some other guys at his plant were told to build a 30 foot stage – didn't know why- but when it was done, the workers were called together and fired- the plant was closed – by Romney. Everyone lost their jobs. The worker then says building that stage was like building my own coffin. Pretty powerful ad.

  38. greencar

    Proving once again that Romney leads by action as opposed to obama with his unfulfilled promises.

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